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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Norfolk, Virginia, March 24, 2007

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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being brought to you by The Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads (DSAHR).

The program will be held at:

The Lake Wright
6280 Northampton Boulevard
Norfolk, Virginia 23502

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • SMART IEPs
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

Agenda

8:00-9:00Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30

Introductions
Review of Agenda; Pre-test

  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-97) and Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
    • Section 1400 – Findings & Purposes
    • Section 1401 – Definitions
    • Section 1412 – “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10 day notice re: private placements, Assessments, ESY

Review

10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:00
  • Section 1414(d) – Evaluations, Reevaluations, Individualized
    Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Section 1415 – Procedural Safeguards
  • Review: IDEA
  • Section 504; No Child Left Behind Act
  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00Lunch (box lunch)
1:00-2:30
  • Review: IDEA & Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
  • SMART IEPs
  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!
  • Reasons for Conflict; Obstacles to Success
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions

Exam

2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:00
  • Advocacy Strategies
  • Negotiation Skills
  • How to Organize the Child’s File
  • Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation
  • Paper Trails & Letters; “Letter to the Stranger”
  • Preparing for School Meetings; Survival Strategies
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers

Registration

Your registration includes continental breakfast and a box lunch, along with Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($50.00 combined retail value).

Download the brochure and registration form.

Click here for Online registration.


NOTE: .6 CEU's and 6 CLE credits have been approved for this conference.

Questions? Please contact DSAHR at (757) 466-3696; (757) 461-5375 (fax) or email dsahr@verizon.net or andreaanderson12@yahoo.com.

Additional Info: Norfolk, VA, is the home of the world's largest Navy base, exciting restaurant and nightclub districts, unique shops, tour boats and ferries, nationally recognized museums, a zoo, and a beautiful botanical garden. There's more than enough to fill your visit with fun.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out! Register today!

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

The Lake Wright, 6280 Northampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502

Traveling Southbound on I-95, exit to "I-64 Eastbound" and drive through Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Continue on "I-64 Eastbound" and exit at #282, the "Northampton Blvd. / Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel" exit. Get into left lane as soon as possible, and make a left at 2nd traffic light. That will be our parking lot.

Traveling Westbound on I-64, exit at #282, the "Northampton Blvd. / Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel" exit. Get into left lane as soon as possible, and make a left at 1st traffic light. That will be our parking lot.

Traveling from the Eastern Shore, take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. That brings you directly to Highway #13, which is Northampton Blvd. Lake Wright is located 4 miles on the right at the intersection of Wesleyan Drive.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Free parking available at the conference site.

Airports

Norfolk International Airport
2200 Norview Ave
Norfolk, VA 23518
Approx. 5-7 minutes from conference location

Restaurants

There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in the area.

Accommodations

Hotels in the area, include:

The Lake Wright (Conference Hotel)
Quality Suites and Sleep Inn are on The Lake Wright premises
6280 Northampton Boulevard
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
(757) 461-6251

 

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